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From my Linux Mint operating system, how do I install/dual-boot this Ubuntu OS which is downloaded as a .iso file?

So that it comes up as an option to boot into when I first turn on my computer. Thanks.

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possible duplicate of grub: boot from ISO –  Ярослав Рахматуллин Jul 18 '13 at 19:07
    
@ЯрославРахматуллин: I think he would be happy with a "normal" CD or USB-based install procedure. Going by his question and responses below it seems he just wants to know how he can use the ISO to install Ubuntu (I doubt he's interested in messing with Grub and booting directly from the ISO itself). –  Karan Jul 18 '13 at 19:31
    
So the question is "how do I burn and boot an ISO?" –  Ярослав Рахматуллин Jul 18 '13 at 19:35
    
@ЯрославРахматуллин: Yes, IMO that's all he wants to know, although of course he needs to confirm that himself. –  Karan Jul 18 '13 at 19:35

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In order to make an Ubuntu live USB for installing Ubuntu, use UNetbootin (Windows/Mac/Linux/Linux Mint Software Manager). The flash drive you use should be 2GB or larger and formatted to FAT32. UNetbootin will automatically format the USB flash drive to FAT32 if it is not already formatted to FAT32. In either case the formatting procedure will delete all of the files that are already on the flash drive.

It is very important to verify that the device that you are installing the Ubuntu live USB to is indeed your flash drive, so that you don't overwrite any of your system or personal files which may make your operating system unbootable. In Linux Mint you can find the device name of the flash drive using the Disks application. In the picture below the name of the flash drive is /dev/sdc1 where /dev/sdc is the device name of the flash drive and the 1 after sdc means UNetbootin will install the Ubuntu live USB on the first partition on that device.

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The Ubuntu live USB flash drive that you make this way will be bootable on PC computers. In order to enable your computer to boot from the USB flash drive, you must enter your BIOS menu by pressing one of these keys: Delete, F2 or F10 as soon as the motherboard splash screen appears when the computer is booting. In the BIOS menu, you need to change the boot order so that the USB flash drive, which is usually called USB-HDD in newer computers, is the first entry in the boot sequence, and then save your new BIOS settings and exit the BIOS setup.

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I usually go the tried and true method: Burn to a CD and pop in drive, reboot, change the boot order in the BIOS to boot from CD FIRST, reboot a second time and install.

This may be your only option. I know Ubuntu has an app called Wubi that can install from within a OS but its windows specific.

So in your case, crack into a terminal

dd if=/dev/drive of=my_distro.iso bs=2048

or you can get a copy of something like k3b or Brasero and burn through a GUI.

EDIT: Also, verify the checksum of the ISO before you burn. Will save you MANY headaches if you somehow got a bad ISO.

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After I run this command and it finishes, I should be able to turn off my computer, turn it back on, and see some sort of Ubuntu boot option? –  JDS Jul 18 '13 at 6:11
    
If your BIOS is set to boot from the CD, yes - the installer will begin to load files etc and take you through the installation process. If you have MINT on the system I imagine your BIOS is already configured correctly. If not you will need to verify this and change the order if necessary –  Scandalist Jul 18 '13 at 6:13
    
OK great - I'll post how it goes. –  JDS Jul 18 '13 at 6:17
    
Dumb question - /dev/drive doesn't exist, I assume drive is one of those fill-in-the-blank things I should know? –  JDS Jul 18 '13 at 6:22
    
What is the dd command supposed to do? Kill the iso? –  Ярослав Рахматуллин Jul 18 '13 at 19:06

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